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American photographer Dorothea Lange said, “Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” Our community is fortunate to have had so many photographers, both professional and amateur, who have captured daily life, fading vistas, and historic moments.
The genesis for this exhibit was the extraordinary quality of the museum’s photographic collection, and how rarely we get to show off some of the sub-collections. As museum staff began to select photos, we also realized this was a perfect opportunity to share with the public the hows, why, whens, and wheres of how we look at these images. From early “photoshopping” (hand-tinting and retouching ) to the clues (and sometimes erroneous info) on the reverse sides of photos, we’re pleased to share this process with you.
We invite you to really look at the photos and see the people, places, and moments that have been captured; each an instant in Danbury’s more than 300 years of history, images of a place and time.
Our third "extra" online portion of the exhibit is up on the Exhibit Extras page, featuring a really special series of photos from 1924.
It began with a woodcut print announcing the April 1942 opening of what would become the Danbury Museum.
As we were figuring out how to celebrate the Danbury Museum’s 80th anniversary this year, this woodcut image kept popping up. Add in a little 80s “Warhol” coloration and we had a graphic. From there, Danbury (Re)Discovered: 80 Years :: 80 Objects :: 80 Stories started to take shape.
We tasked ourselves with selecting 80 objects, but you’ll notice there are far more, and that’s because we simply had too much we wanted to share with you. There are too many great stories, too many fun objects and oddities, and so our exhibit in Huntington Hall became a kind of wunderkammer, or “Cabinet of Curiosities” where we showcase eclectic pieces from our collection that together help to tell the greater story of Danbury.
Our current museum staff is grateful to all the donors, curators, researchers, junior curators, executive directors, directors of operations, collections managers, interns, volunteers, and board members who have made this exhibit possible. We have the great privilege of benefitting from the hard work and generosity of spirit of all our forebears.
Was there more? There is ALWAYS more. This is a small attempt to share highlights from 80 years of collecting and preserving Danbury’s history.
The Museum Team
Thank you to CT Humanities, Connecticut Office of the Arts, and the Danbury Cultural Commission for their generous funding.
Campaign Sponsor Savings Bank of Danbury
The Danbury Museum is profoundly grateful for the stalwart support of our sponsors and advertisers. THANK YOU! Your presence at the 2019 Hat City Ball and financial support are crucial to our mission of acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting Danbury's past. The Friends and staff of the Danbury Museum are most appreciative.
Savings Bank of Danbury
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2022 Hat City Ball a success!